External DAS required

geoffpalmeruk

macrumors regular
Original poster
Nov 8, 2013
134
2
Exeter, Devon
Hi everyone,

I'm on the hunt for an external DAS enclosure to house my 2x 3.5 inch 2TB HDDs. I will be connecting this to my G4 Mac Mini running OSX leopard Server.

Ideally i would like a dual enclosure but could run 2 single enclosures. Again FW400 would be nice (so i can daisychain them) but will be happy with USB 2.0 as it'll be cheaper.

I don't want to spend lots of money (ideally under £50) however may be encouraged up to say £80 for the right device.

My mac mini is being used for media storage and to stream to my apple TV3.

I also connect via screen sharing and file sharing to backup things like my itunes library and aperture library from my MBP.

I have all the software i need and will be using the drives as JBOD so no RAID support is required.

Any recommendations?
 

geoffpalmeruk

macrumors regular
Original poster
Nov 8, 2013
134
2
Exeter, Devon
Here is the cheapest i can find. I have not tried this one but i have used CIT enclosures without issue.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/CiT-inch-Du...387200985&sr=8-1&keywords=Enclosure+sata+dual

Plenty more here

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=sr_nr...a+dual&ie=UTF8&qid=1387201140&rnid=1642204031
Interesting you have used CIT, I bought that exact one and it seems to run fine for about 2 days then no power lights / no power, Fuse checked, leads and socket checked, no change, Left it unplugged for a week, was about to return it so checked one last time and it worked again fine for about 2 days. I will add this enclosure will be running 24/7. have you had any similar issues?
 

costabunny

macrumors demi-goddess
May 15, 2008
2,464
58
Weymouth, UK
Interesting you have used CIT, I bought that exact one and it seems to run fine for about 2 days then no power lights / no power, Fuse checked, leads and socket checked, no change, Left it unplugged for a week, was about to return it so checked one last time and it worked again fine for about 2 days. I will add this enclosure will be running 24/7. have you had any similar issues?
I have two (single drive units) and one is a 24/7 Time Machine (with a 3TB Seagate 7200 in) and have yet to see a fault with it (about 3months op so far).

The other is an as and when drive and gets moved about a lot. So far, again no issues to report. I guess with any mass produced and cheap device there is a higher likely hood of DOA.
 
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